Today, a mere 9 days before the European audience finds its way to the little town in the Northeast Italy to explore the new and old jewels of Asian Cinema, Udine Far East Film Festival revealed its 2018 lineup. It was to be expected that the 20th anniversary edition of the festival would provide the audience with a breathtaking programme, and FEFF truly did not disappoint.
Starting on April 20th, with the opening films being the Korean thriller Steel Rain and the Malaysian drama Crossroads: One Two Jaga, FEFF will screen 81 films in total and conclude on April 28th with the Indonesian war thriller Night Bus and the restored Hong Kong martial arts classic Throw Down. The competition features a lot of firsts (or seconds); 21 fresh filmmakers and writers will compete with the more experienced filmmakers (there is a total of 55 movies in the competition programme) for the White Mulberry Award. The winners will be chosen by a professional jury, consisting of the Hong Kong producer Albert Lee, American producer Peter Loehr and Italian screenwriter Massimo Gaudioso.
The festival will be inaugurated by the recipient of the 2018 Golden Mulberry for Lifetime Achievement Award, the goddess of Taiwanese and Hong Kong cinema, Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia; to commemorate the occasion, FEFF will feature a retrospective of her films. You can find the full lineup here, and keep your eyes open for our coverage of the festival!